Licensed Psychologists are eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR New VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.) OR Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Exception. Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 [(c)(2)(B)] for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) Experience. At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration. Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. An applicant may be selected in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. ["The PTSD/SUD Clinical Psychologist (locally called PTSD/SUD Psychologist) is assigned to the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), within Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at the VA NJ Healthcare System. PCT staff are located at the East Orange Campus, the Lyons Campus, and the Brick CBOC. This position is based out of the East Orange campus. The PTSD/SUD Psychologist provides assessment and concurrent, integrated treatment for veterans dually diagnosed with PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. The PTSD/SUD Psychologist provides integrated specialty care for veterans who are diagnosed with concurrent PTSD and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) or concurrent SUD/history of MST via individual and group psychotherapy, including Evidence-Based Therapies, where these concerns are the focus of treatment. The psychologist also provides skill-building training and psychoeducation to facilitate the ability to engage successfully in trauma-focused/informed work. The PTSD/SUD Psychologist may also provide consultation and/or clinical support to the Substance Use Disorders programs. Screening/Assessment - Within the first three sessions, the PTSD/SUD Psychologist completes a psycho-social assessment. This information gathering is directed toward identifying problem areas and veteran goals for treatment, and determining a diagnosis, so that the veteran may be referred to the appropriate treatment program. If the Veteran meets criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD and outpatient treatment is warranted, the Psychologist will provide outpatient psychotherapy for this veteran or will refer to another provider, depending on veteran preference and provider availability. Upon first contact, mental health screening includes an assessment of harm to self or others and the client's ability to provide for self (shelter, food, emergent medical care, etc.) Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - The PTSD/SUD Psychologist is responsible for developing an individualized treatment plan in collaboration with the Veteran that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention to address the needs identified in the assessment. The course of treatment is reflected in progress notes completed upon each significant contact with the client. The treatment plan is reviewed and updated at least annually or as the treatment goals are resolved or changed. Crisis Intervention - The PTSD/SUD Psychologist is experienced in assessing whether a client is in danger of harm to self or others and will utilize the emergency services available at VA NJ Healthcare System when appropriate. Psychotherapy - The PTSD/SUD Psychologist exercises a variety of individual and group counseling techniques, including evidence-based psychotherapies, in the treatment of PTSD. This psychologist may also provide treatment for veterans with a history of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Administrative responsibilities - The PTSD/SUD Psychologist complies with all regulations of the Veterans Health Administration. Clinical documentation complies with VANJ policies and current standards of practice for psychologists. Maintains effective working relationships with other professional and administrative personnel both within the Medical Center and in the community. Incumbent meets with VA, community and professional organizations and individuals as needed to carry out assigned responsibilities. Participates in committee assignments, discipline specific meetings and initiatives, as deemed necessary by the service manager. In addition to duties in the PCT, the PTSD/SUD Psychologist may serve on Medical Center, Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as endorsed by supervisors. Participates in Psychology privileging, educational and peer review activities, in accord with Psychology and medical center policies. Participates as a non-voting member of the medical staff, in accordance with medical staff by-laws. Participates in support of MHBS and Psychology administrative and performance improvement activities, e.g., by taking on assigned projects and serving on committees. The psychologist performs other discipline specific duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm -some flexibility in tour may be available\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 25699-F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.